July 18, 2008

France denies citizenship to veiled Muslim

by David Masters

The country with the largest Muslim population in Europe has denied a Muslim women citizenship because she veils herself from head to toe. Faiza Mabchour, 32, originally from Morocco, was denied French citizenship on the basis that she has failed to assimilate into society. The decision has been upheld by the highest legal authority in […]




July 17, 2008

Lambeth conference begins despite boycott

by David Masters

Anglican bishops from around the world are gathering in Canterbury this week for the Lambeth conference. The once a decade conference, to which all Anglican bishops are invited, is being boycotted by around one quarter of senior clergy who are dismayed by what they see as the church’s increasingly liberal stance on homosexuality and women […]




July 16, 2008

Archbishop: Christian beliefs may offend Muslims

by David Masters

The Archbishop of Canterbury has acknowledged that Christian beliefs can be offensive to Muslims. In a letter published yesterday, Dr. Rowan Williams admitted that the Christian doctrine of the Trinity contrasts with the Islamic view that there is only one all powerful God. Dr. Williams also criticised the violent history of Christianity and admitted that […]




July 15, 2008

Saudi King organises Madrid interfaith conference

by David Masters

Religious leaders from around the world will meet together tomorrow at an interfaith conference in Madrid. The international conference, sponsored and organised by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, aims to allow the leaders of the world’s major religions to get to know each other. Around 200 people will attend the conference, representing Islam, Christianity, Judaism […]




Dalai Lama stands up for Islam

by David Masters

Speaking this week at a public lecture in Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, stood up for Islam and defended the peaceful credentials of the religion. In response to a question about religious fundamentalism, and with 5,000 people listening, the Dalai Lama said that it is ‘totally wrong’ and ‘unfair’ to label Islam […]




John Lennon was fan of Christ

by David Masters

A long lost radio interview with John Lennon, in which he calls himself ‘one of Christ’s biggest fans’, is to be broadcast by the BBC. The 1969 interview, with Ken Seymour from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, will be broadcast for the first time this week on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme. Lennon says during the […]




July 14, 2008

Anglican’s dismay at schism over homosexuality

by David Masters

As the Anglican church prepares for the once a decade Lambeth conference, a gathering of all the church’s bishops from across the globe, debate is hotting up around the issue of homosexual clergy and bishops. Out of 800 bishops invited to the conference, 200 are boycotting the event, due to their perception that the Anglican […]




July 1, 2008

Anti-Islam Dutch politician escapes prosecution

by David Masters

A Dutch politician who published statements vilifying Islam and the Qur’an will not face prosecution by the Dutch authorities. Geert Wilders of the right-wing People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy issued written statements in 2006 and 2007 that caused more that 40 criminal complaints to be made against him. A film released by Wilders in […]




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